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Stratford-upon-Avon Attractions

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Anne Hathaway's Cottage, home of William Shakespeare's Wife

At Shakespeare-upon-Avon the main attractions are themed around the quill-scratching playwrite. Book a Stratford-upon-Avon hotel to get to grips with the Bard or just relax along the pretty River Avon.

Historic Stratford-upon-Avon

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is home to the “courting chair” upon which William Shakespeare reputedly wooed his wife Anne. At Mary Arden’s House, the former home of Shakespeare’s mum, rare-breed pigs patted by children by day grunt by night during outdoor performances of Richard III. You can see the Bard’s “second best” bed at Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

Art and museums in Stratford-upon-Avon

The Falstaff Experience/Tudor World Museum isn’t all bard news. You’ll also learn about plague, fire and Elizabethan intrigue. The Gallery showcases work by Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. At Shakespearience expect gusts of wind, thunder claps and hi-tech wizardry on a romp through the life of you know who.

Quirky things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

You can wander through a tropical rainforest of waterfalls and more than 1,500 winged beauties at the Stratford Butterfly Farm. Watch out for the goliath bird-eating tarantula with furry legs almost as long as a small child’s. No, they don’t roam free.

Events in Stratford-upon-Avon

Book a Stratford-upon-Avon hotel and join Shakespeare’s April birthday celebrations with street performers and a procession to Holy Trinity Church, the Bard’s last resting place. At the Christmas Festival, Shakespeare’s jollier bearded rival Santa receives visitors in his Winter Wonderland grotto.

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Attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon:

Birmingham Back to Backs, Birmingham. © Marketing Birmingham
Birmingham Back to Backs

Opening times:
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays but closed next day Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

Aston Villa FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

The cottage in which Elgar was born. Courtesy of the Elgar Birthplace Museum
Elgar Birthplace Museum

Opening times:
Daily 11am-5pm Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

West Bromwich Albion FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Blenheim Palace South Front, Oxfordshire. Courtesy of Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace

Opening times:
Daily 10.30am-5.30pm (last admission 4.45pm); park daily 9am-4.45pm; 2 Nov-16 Dec Wed-Sun only Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

What's on in Stratford-upon-Avon:

The power of the siege: the 18-metre-high, 22-tonne replica Trebuchet at Warwick Castle. Courtesy of Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle Trebruchet

Dates Open:
12/03/2015 to 15/04/2015

Hanbury Hall

Dates Open:
27/02/2015 to 25/06/2015
26/06/2015 to 31/08/2015
01/09/2015 to 31/10/2015
06/11/2015 to 19/12/2015

Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show

Dates Open:
04/03/2015 to 06/03/2015

Miniatura - International Dolls' House Show

Dates Open:
17/03/2015 to 17/03/2015

Spring Memorabilia Show

Dates Open:
31/03/2015 to 31/03/2015

Crufts, Birmingham. Courtesy of The Kennel Club

Dates Open:
08/03/2015 to 11/03/2015

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